A blog produced by the Oregon Justice Resource Center discussing the death penalty (capital punishment) in Oregon and in the Ninth Circuit.
A clemency hearing will begin [today] for Ronald A. Smith, who was sentenced to death after pleading guilty to murdering two men in 1982 near Marias Pass.
The hearing for Smith is scheduled for two days, Wednesday and Thursday, before the Montana Board of Pardons and Parole and we will livestream the hearing on our website.
Smith has asked that his sentence be commuted to life in prison without parole.
A three-member panel of the board will hear arguments from Smith, his attorneys, and attorneys for the state of Montana. The board also will hear public testimony.
The hearing will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday in the Powell County Courthouse and will conclude by 6 p.m.
The hearing will resume on Thursday, May 3, at 8 a.m. if additional time is needed for testimony.
Following the hearing, the board has 30 days in which to make its non-binding recommendation to Governor Brian Schweitzer who will decide whether to grant clemency.